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People who like to crochet (or who want to learn) often have in mind that they want to learn how to crochet a baby blanket. There are a lot of great reasons to do so. There are also a lot of little tips for making an easy crochet baby blanket.
Baby blankets are one of the simplest “large” projects that crocheters can make. They are more complex, challenging, and fun to make than crochet scarves, crochet baby hats, and other crochet accessories, but they aren’t as difficult as crocheting a large blanket or a fashion item. This makes crochet baby blankets a great middle-of-the-road project that challenges crocheters without taxing them!
Crochet baby blankets are great gifts. Every baby needs a blankie. Your crochet baby blanket will be useful, comfortable, cozy, and appreciated by both mom and baby.
Crochet baby blankets can be terrific heirloom items. They can be passed down from generation to generation as more babies are born into the family. Handmade gifts like this are nice for all families to have.
They are needed by charities. If you don’t have any babies in your life that need a blanket, that’s okay because there are lots of other babies in the world who do. Foster care and adoption agencies, churches, hospitals, homeless shelters, and organizations assisting women with domestic abuse issues all accept donations of items for babies, including your crocheted baby blankets!
Tips to Make Crocheting a Baby Blanket Easier
Now that you know why it is so great to crochet a baby blanket, you’ll want to know how to take on this project without getting overwhelmed. The following tips will help you make an easy crochet baby blanket that you’ll love to make at least as much as the baby will love to use it!
Use a Chunky Yarn
Thicker yarns work up faster than thinner yarns. This means that you’ll need less yarn for the project and less time to do the project. If this is your first “big” project, then you’ll find that chunky yarn makes an easy crochet baby blanket even easier!
Use a Big Hook
Use a J-size hook or larger. This will also allow you to more quickly work up the baby blanket. One of the hardest things about crocheting a blanket is that it takes time, and not all crocheters are used to time-consuming projects. Bigger yarn and a bigger hook will speed up the process a lot.
Choose a Pattern That Uses Double or Triple Crochet Stitches
These longer stitches work up faster. You might alternatively choose a blanket with an open lacy pattern. Of course, single crochet stitch baby blankets are nice, too, but they’ll take a little bit longer.
Stick to One or Two Colors
It is lovely to make a colorful blanket for a baby, but the more colors you include, the more time it’s going to take and the harder the pattern is going to be to complete. You should stick to just one or two colors so that you don’t have to keep changing colors while you work. If you want a more colorful project, then selected a variegated yarn that changes colors while you work!
Use Light-Colored Yarn
As you may already know from doing other crochet work, it’s a lot easier to see your stitches if you use light colors rather than dark colors. Many people want to choose darker colors for baby blankets because they have to be washed less frequently, but if you want to make an easy crochet baby blanket, then it might make more sense to go ahead and use a light color.
Choose an Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern
When you look at crochet patterns, they almost always tell you the skill level for the project. Usually, the choices are easy, intermediate, and advanced (although some crochet books will use a star system or number rating system). Look for patterns labeled “easy.”
Select a Pattern That You Understand
Before you make a final decision about whether or not a crochet baby blanket pattern is right for you, read through the entire pattern. Make sure that it all makes sense. This will make it go a lot more smoothly when you get down to the nitty-gritty of working the pattern.
Get Yourself Some Online Support Through Ravelry
This social networking site for crocheters and knitters is a terrific support system and resource. If you get stuck on your easy crochet baby blanket, you can easily use the forums and connections you have on the site to get help. You’d be surprised how generous other crocheters can be in assisting you!
Get Support Locally
Ravelry is a terrific resource, but there’s nothing that can replace the support of in-person crochet help. Surround yourself with other people who crochet so that you can help each other out when you get stuck on projects. A good place to look for a crochet support group is at your local yarn store—especially if you have one of those great stores with a table in the front where people can sit down and crochet or knit in the store!
If you get stuck on your easy crochet baby blanket, then one of the people in your group can surely take a look at it, tell you where you’re going wrong, and get you back on the path to making the product.
Easy Instructions for a Cool Crochet Baby Blanket with a Hood!
Some Easy Patterns
- 8 Free Baby Blanket Crochet Patterns | AllFreeCrochet.com
Keep your new baby warm in some free baby blanket crochet patterns. The yarns used for these are so soft even for a baby, they'll be so cuddly. Check out all the patterns we have for free baby blanket crochet patterns.
- Easy Baby Blankets to Crochet | eHow.com
Easy Baby Blankets to Crochet. Yarn companies have special lines of yarn just for little ones. The colors and textures are soft and perfect for a baby blanket. If you crochet, a treasured gift for a new baby is a blanket. Learn how here.
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Free, online baby afghan crochet patterns from one of the best resources for free crochet patterns on the web. Browse through the numerous options here to find an easy crochet baby blanket that you want to make.
- Free Crochet Baby Afghan Patterns
Welcome to our index of free crochet patterns for baby afghans. You can come here to find lots of different easy crochet baby blanket ideas as well as lots of tips for making the crochet process even easier!
Gloria on September 08, 2012:
Could someone tell me where to go to see how you attach a hood to a baby blanket. The blanket is much larger than the hood and I cannot see how to ease them together. My email address is: Gmcfarl104@aol.com...Thanks..
Brinafr3sh from West Coast, United States on March 16, 2012:
Awesome crocheting tips for baby blanket. Thanks, Voted up.
4tune from Michigan on July 05, 2011:
I have done a lot of crocheting in my time, I have the baby blanket that I made for my son packed away one of the few things I kept and wish I had kept more items as it gives you something to actually touch to remember those times that go by very fast.
If he has kids its going to go to his wife one day.
Jackie Bourassa on May 10, 2011:
So nice to know how to do these. The videos are very helpful.
Ibrahim Kamrul Shafin from Dhaka, Bangladesh & Washington DC, USA on April 29, 2011:
Excellent, good, fantibulous and neatly written hub..You have 1000 HUBS!! That is really unimaginable..You must be making six figures a month (Just Kidding). Your monthly earning is known by all Hubbers as it is found easily in the Home... :)
Fay Paxton on April 26, 2011:
Excellent hub and congratulations.
Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on April 10, 2011:
Congrats, Kathryn! Two thumbs up on this! Crocheting is not a woman's hobby anymore. :D
ArtByCari on April 09, 2011:
Makes me want to crochet! :)
Pixienot from Clarksville, Indiana on April 06, 2011:
You've peaked my interest Kathryn. I used to crochet, but I burned myself out because I just did not want to stop. So my hands swelled and I had to quit. I am more mature and balanced these days. A nice way to say I am older and slower! hahaha
Voted up, useful and awesome! You sure put this together well.
RTalloni on April 06, 2011:
Looking forward to trying this project.
Paradise7 from Upstate New York on April 05, 2011:
Good going on winning the daily drawing contest. I'm surprised you didn't win the staff pick, too!
Sun Pen 50 from Srilanka on April 05, 2011:
Congratulations for wining the prize and completing attaining 1000 hubs mark. Your hubs are great!
Sunnyglitter from Cyberspace on April 04, 2011:
Awwwww I love the baby picture at the top. I've always wanted to learn how to make a blanket for my kids.
Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on April 04, 2011:
Wow, way to go!
viryabo from Lagos, Nigeria. on April 04, 2011:
Congratulations Kathryn, well done.
L M Reid from Ireland on April 02, 2011:
A great hub on how to Crochet a Baby Blanket, very useful information.
Congratulations on your win as well!
craftdrawer on April 02, 2011:
Congrats on all the wonderful Hubs! I really enjoy reading your crochet Hubs Keep up the good work!
Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on April 02, 2011:
Congratulations!!! Amazing work!
Rajinder Soni from New Delhi, India on April 01, 2011:
Congratulations Kathryn. Good luck this time and also next time. Keep publishing such beautiful and useful guides.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2011:
Congratulations on your win! Long ago I learned how to crochet and actually did make a baby blanket. It has been so long I would need a refresher course if I wanted to make another one. Good tips in this hub!
1000 hubs! Oh...I wanna be like you! Maybe someday! Of course by then you will probably have 10,000!
caltex on April 01, 2011:
Great hub! Congratulations!
Up and useful!
Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 01, 2011:
Congrats Kathryn Vercillo- both on writing 1000 Hubs (you're insane!!) and on winning the first Daily Drawing prize of the So You Think You Can Write Online contest! This Hub was the winner!